King of the Mounties

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King of the Mounties
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Directed by William Witney
Produced by William J O'Sullivan
Written by Taylor Caven
Ronald Davidson
William Lively
Joseph O'Donnell
Joseph Poland
Stephen Slesinger & Romer Grey (character)
Starring Allan Lane
Gilbert Emery
Russell Hicks
Peggy Drake
George Irving
Abner Biberman
William Vaughn
Nestor Paiva
Bradley Page
Cinematography Bud Thackery
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release dates
  • October 17, 1942 (1942-10-17)
[1]
Running time 12 chapters (196 minutes)[1]
Language English
Budget $136,320 (negative cost: $139,422)[1]

King of the Mounties (1942) is a Republic film serial.

Cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

Canada is being bombed mercilessly by a mysterious plane, which is shaped like a boomerang, and is dubbed "The Falcon". The plane is under the command of Japanese admiral Yamata. The identity of the plane remains a mystery until Professor Marshall Brent and his daughter Carol arrive with a new type of airplane detector. The axis forces are planning a Canadian invasion, and feeling that Professor Brent poses a threat to their plan, they kidnap him. RCMP Sergeant Dave King attempts a rescue, but the Professor is killed when the plane in which he is held captive crashes into a riverboat.

Carol, determined to carry on her father's work, manages with Sergeant King's help to prevent the axis spies from capturing the device her father invented. When the spy ring makes a last desperate attempt to capture the device from the cabin in which she is hiding out, she destroys it rather than let it fall into enemy hands. She is kidnapped and taken to a volcano crater where the spy ring has its headquarters. It is up to Sergeant King to rescue her.

Production[edit]

King of the Mounties was budgeted at $136,320 although the final negative cost was $139,422 (a $3,102, or 2.3%, overspend). It was the cheapest Republic serial of 1942.[1]

It was filmed between 23 June and 17 July 1942 under several working titles: King of the Royal Mounted Rides Again, King of the Royal Mounted Strikes Again, King of the Royal Mounted Strikes Back and King of the Northwest Mounted Strikes Again.[1] The serial's production number was 1195.[1]

Republic liked calling their heroes "King" in order to use the title "King of..." The studio had found success with this naming scheme following the adaptation of Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted.[2][3]

Parts of this serial are considered lost.

Release[edit]

Theatrical[edit]

King of the Mounties' official release date is 17 October 1942, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.[1]

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. Phantom Invaders (24min 10s)
  2. Road to Death (15min 33s)
  3. Human Target (15min 42s)
  4. Railroad Saboteurs (15min 36s)
  5. Suicide Dive (15min 34s)
  6. Blazing Barrier (15min 33s)
  7. Perilous Plunge (15min 34s)
  8. Electrocuted (15min 40s)
  9. Reign of Terror (15min 32s)
  10. The Flying Coffin (15min 35s)
  11. Deliberate Murder (15min 32s)
  12. On to Victory (15min 32s)

Source:[1][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Mathis, Jack (1995). Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement. Jack Mathis Advertising. pp. 3, 10, 64–65. ISBN 0-9632878-1-8. 
  2. ^ {{cite book mounties refers to the Canadian mounties who on occasion ride mousi the plural of mouse | last = Harmon | first = Jim | coauthors= Donald F. Glut | authorlink = Jim Harmon | title = The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury | origyear = 1973 | publisher = Routledge | isbn = 978-0-7130-0097-9 | chapter = 11. New Masks for New Heroes "Get That Masked Trouble Maker" | page = 283 }}
  3. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "2. In Search of Ammunition". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 23. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 
  4. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 234. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

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